Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas, University of Cumbria, UK 01.12.21 | 13:00-17:00 GMT Who gets to define natural beauty? And how do values and aesthetics affect the way we relate to and care for the land around us? 2021 marks 50 years since the designation of the Wye Valley as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and 70 years since the birth of England’s Lake District and Peak District National Parks. The symposium will bring together experts in different disciplines and professions and will incorporate artistic presentations and reflections. It will not aim to answer the question – rather it offers a frame for what we hope will be exciting, inspiring and provocative conversations. There will be short films, presentations, new insights and lively break out sessions, all of which will be reflected on in a post-event report and artwork from the Artist-in-Residence. The event is hosted by the UK’s Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas at the University of Cumbria, and is run by the PLACE Collective (somewhere-nowhere) with the …
Royal Geographical Society, London, UK 06.11.21 – 07.11.21 | 09:30-18:00 GMT The Society’s 45th annual planning weekend will be held online this year. Explore brings together a range of expedition professionals, scientists and travellers, with experience from all over the world. The focus is on small projects with a research component, but anyone planning expeditions or fieldwork is welcome to join this online event of talks and discussion to inspire and inform your own projects. Workshop 07.11.20 | 15:00-16:00 GMT ‘Creative Projects: Art, Exhibitions & Participation’ – as part of the Communicating Your Discoveries: Sharing Work and Inspiring Action sessions – is organised and chaired by Harriet and Rob Fraser. Includes workshop presentations from: Luce Choules, Edwina fitzPatrick, Laura Harrington, somewhere-nowhere and Tim Taylor. RGS online booking – RGS Explore 2021 – weekend event from £25 per person to attend.
Sala d’Actes del Centre Cívic La Sedeta, C/ Sicília, 321, Barcelona 22.10.21 | starts 20:00 CET Birds colonise an urban neighbourhood. People rediscover vital animal instincts. Together they show how confinement might be the ultimate measure of freedom. Associate Mark Aitken presents the world premiere of his new documentary film Neighbourhood of Infinity with live soundtrack performance by Melisa Bertossi, Cristian Subirà and Pablo Volt, at LEM Festival in Barcelona, Spain. LEM Festival – Neighbourhood of Infinity – this event is organised by Gràcia Territori Sonor, and requires registration. BARRIO DE LAS VIÑETAS – an invitation to participate The trauma of the first pandemic lockdowns of 2020 was experienced around the world. We’re now trying to put it behind us but memories remain. LEM Festival and Director Mark Aitken are inviting those who can and those who can’t attend to write and record voiceovers for vignettes cut from the film. Although filmed in Barcelona, they will resonate with anyone who was alive in 2020. If you wish to attend the film premiere, you’ll have opportunity …
Hestercombe Gardens, Somerset, UK 27.09.21 & 28.09.21 | 10:00 – 16:30 BST ‘Artists and the Garden: New Perspectives’ will explore the relationship between cultural production and the garden, across creative disciplines and media, from the 18th century until the present day. Key conference themes consider the garden as a mirror of society, the garden as playground for artistic endeavours, and curating and creativity at Hestercombe – past and present. Topics range from the translocation of plants by the C19th European plant hunters, to the influence of pittoresque garden theory on interior architecture in C18th France; from the politics of inclusive public gardens in Germany, to the integration of artistic intervention, botanical sphere and landscape design in contemporary Italian gardens; and from the imaginary labyrinth and pleasure garden, to the role of rhetoric in the understanding and appreciation of gardens. Artist Edwina fitzPatrick is presenting the paper English Gardens as Heterotopias: Colonialism and Translocated Plants. Hestercombe – Artists and the Garden: New Perspectives Conference – this event is co-organised by Hestercombe Gardens Trust and Kingston University, …
Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University, USA 02.06.21, 09.06.21 and 16.06.21 | see below for specific times Laurie Anderson presents, ‘Spending the War Without You: Virtual Backgrounds’. Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned – and daring – creative pioneers. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist. The River, The Forest and The Rocks are the first three in a series of six Norton Lectures, looking at the challenges we face as artists and citizens, as we reinvent our culture with ambiguity and beauty. YouTube access – The River – this recording will go live at 5pm EDT on June 2, 2021 and will remain available for the next 24 hours, until 5pm EDT on June 3, 2021. YouTube access – The Forest – this recording will go live at 5pm EDT on June 9, 2021 and will remain available for the next 24 hours, until 5pm EDT on June 10 2021. YouTube access – The Rocks …
HerMaP, Iran 05.06.21 – 06.05.21 u-form is a project by Alice Pedroletti & Andrea Familari. Part of HerMaP Art Projects, the multimedia exhibition is the result of an online residency in which 10 artists worked through a dialogue between Iran and Europe in collaboration with a supporting group of artists and researchers in Tehran, looking into the aspect of the Industrial and Living Heritage in Iran, and developing new digital works. Funded by EU Commission DG for International Partnerships, with partners Bozar Center for Fine Arts Brussels, German Embassy in Tehran, Goethe Institute, and Newkinco. Registration – HerMaP digital exhibition.
A La Luz environmental arts programme 2021 Founded by artists David Cass & Gonzaga Gómez-Cortázar, arts platform A La Luz is seeking entries for ‘Points of Return’, an exhibition in summer 2021 that will shed light on the wide-raging environmental issues the world faces in this time of climate crisis, whilst also presenting paths to possible solutions. A La Luz will also produce a book featuring all the artists’ works selected for the exhibition. The deadline for applications is 1 July 2021 Read more
ZK/U Berlin, Germany from 29.01.21 Alice Pedroletti has been selected as Artist Fellow with ZK/U Berlin. The project is supported by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism under the Italian Council program (2020). “In ‘The city, the island’ I approach the relationship between Urban Island and Natural Island. ZK/U is located in the Moabit district, historically considered an island as it is surrounded by waterways. This characteristic makes it a unique place: an island within an island, a possible free zone where art experiments and hypothesises solutions for the future, remaining ideally-protected, but also critically excluded from the water itself. Place of exchange and relations, a passageway for artists and researchers, ZK/U is a utopian atrium of Berlin’s city. Before that, it’s also the entrance to an island that does not exist. This imaginative, territorial and political condition pushes me to imagine not only artworks for specific places – the atriums – but projects for specific territorial or emotional needs that go beyond architecture.” ZK/U …
Rabbit Island, USA applications close 14.03.21 [11:59pm EST] We are excited to announce our Call for Applications for the 2021 Rabbit Island Residency Program. We anticipate awarding three residencies that will take place between mid-June and late-September this year. With the support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and continued contributions from donors, we are offering the following to successful applicants: $3200 (USD) award, live and work on Rabbit Island for ~3 week period, featured in the annual Rabbit Island publication. Read more
Hangar Barcelona, Spain residency programme 2021 Hangar, Visual Arts Research and Production Centre and La Casa Encendida, in association with Hablarenarte, launch an open call for Spanish or overseas curators and researchers currently living in Spain to apply for a fully funded three-month curatorial research residency between Barcelona and Madrid, running from January to March 2021. The deadline for applications is 8 December 2020, at 23:59 (GMT+1) Read more
CERN, Switzerland, with Hangar Barcelona, Spain residency programme 2021 Arts at CERN launches an international call for Collide, its flagship programme consisting of a fully-funded residency award of up to three months divided between CERN and the city of Barcelona. For its second edition, Arts at CERN and Barcelona are joining forces again, as part of the on-going collaboration between CERN, the Institut de Cultura de Barcelona and Barcelona City Council. The deadline for applications is 7 December 2020. Read more
London Independent Photography, UK 04.11.20 | 19:00-20:30 BST LIP proudly presents David George to speak as part of Post Punctum. The theme for the Post Punctum series comes from Roland Barthe’s book Camera Lucida, in which he cites two main elements in a photographic image, studium and punctum. The photographers in this series of talks, have been chosen to represent artists who have moved from commercial to lens based art, to represent female and queer artists along with those who still practice alternative print processes and film photography. Eventbrite booking – LIP Post Punctum (Zoom) Talks – this event is free to attend. LIP event hosted by Jennifer Nash.
Royal Geographical Society, London, UK 14.11.20 | 16:00-19:00 BST The Society’s 44th annual planning seminar will be held online this year. The focus is on small projects with a research component, but anyone planning expeditions or fieldwork is welcome to join this shortened online event of talks and discussion to inspire and inform your own projects. RGS online booking – RGS Explore 2020 seminar – this event is £15 to attend.
HIAP Gallery Augusta, Suomenlinna, Finland 01.10.20 – 01.11.20 | Wednesday to Sunday, 12:00-16:00 The Post-Fossil Transition project as well as the exhibition strive to challenge the currently dominant paradigms and tropes related to ecological sustainability. The artworks in the show point towards the blind spots we have in our discourse and understanding, as well as propose experiences and perspectives that exist outside the domain of reason and language. Artists & contributors: Saara Hannula & Antti Salminen, Laura Harrington, Saara-Maria Kariranta & Riikka Keränen & Hanna Kaisa Vainio, Bita Razavi, Elina Vainio, Kaisu Savola, and Yrjö Sotamaa. Read more
‘Documents, Alternatives’, University of Derby, UK 2020 | online edition The on-line curated exhibition Documents, Alternatives #4, by Angela Bartram, aims to isolate, address, find and utilize appropriate means to translate a diverse range of practice digitally whilst remaining true to its artistic intent. It offers a series of responses through the format of an on-line exhibition of ephemeral artworks, that is designed to self-curate with each user visit. Artist Luce Choules is featured in this edition. Read more
ZeppLab, Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, Germany 18.09.20 – 06.12.20 Artist Ignacio Acosta is the 39th artist in residence of the ZF Art Foundation. The result of the present grant is the exhibition ‘Archaeology of Sacrifice’ at the ZF Art Foundation in the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen. Acosta’s two-channel video installation ‘Archaeology of Sacrifice’ was created as part of the scholarship of the ZF Kunststiftung and will be shown for the first time at ZeppLab until December 2020. Read more
Bridgepoint Rye, East Sussex, UK new residency programme 2021 Climate Art and Bridgepoint Rye, in collaboration with Sussex Wildlife Trust, are delighted to announce a call for applications from artists, creative practitioners, and environmental researchers to work on a site-responsive project during a three-month residency at Bridgepoint Creative Centre in Rye, East Sussex. The residency will take place in January – March 2021. The deadline for applications is 8 November 2020 at 23:59. Read more
SWAB Barcelona Art Fair, Spain 01.10.20 – 15.10.20 | virtual edition SWAB is the contemporary art fair of Barcelona, an independent project that was born in 2006 as an experimental platform for emerging artistic proposals. Founded by architect and collector Joaquín Diez-Cascón, Swab is an event that brings together up to 80 galleries from the international scene and functions as a meeting point for the cultural sector on a global scale. Artist Paula Bruna is exhibiting in the ‘Ephemeral’ programme for the 2020 edition. Read more
Complutense University of Madrid, Spain 30.06.21-02.07.21 Founded in 2003, the New Directions in the Humanities Research Network is brought together by a common interest in established traditions in the humanities while at the same time developing innovative practices and setting a renewed agenda for their future. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. The Nineteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities in 2021 calls for research addressing the following special focus: ‘Critical Thinking, Soft Skills, and Technology’. Associate Rosalinda Ruiz-Scarfuto is presenting the paper The Forest Flaneur in the New Environmental Aesthetics Shifting the Creative Process in 2020 Eco-phenomenology. Complutense University of Madrid – New Directions in the Humanities conference – this event requires registration. More information on the abstract for Ruiz-Scarfuto’s paper is here.
Paul Mellon Centre, London, UK events from 06.10.20 until 03.12.20 | various times This multi-part programme of research events focuses on the encounter between artistic and art-historical practice and the forces of the natural world. It places such encounters in both contemporary and historical perspectives. In doing so, it aims not only to respond to the exigencies of the current moment, but to foreground some of the most vital activities and conversations taking place within the field of British art studies: In recent years, scholars have concentrated with new intensity on the overlaps between artistic, geophysical, biological and ecological bodies of knowledge. The series speaks to many of the new interdisciplinary collaborations that are currently shaping art-historical practice, where scholars of the visual arts are working across different subject-fields to explore natural histories, indigenous forms of knowledge, animal studies, concepts of the post-human and revitalised theorisations of the sublime. A series of panels and keynote lectures will address the ways in which artistic and art-historical thinking and practice – in the contexts of British art …
ONCA, Brighton, UK, as part of POLLEN20 24.09.20 | 14:45-16:30 BST ‘Extracting Us’ brings together reflections and creative work from thirteen artists-activists-researchers in relation to diverse extractive contexts, and responses from virtual visitors and participants over the past month. Through facilitated conversation with co-curators and artists, this event will begin to weave together the threads that connect the contributions, and consider some collective learnings and potential future work. Artist Luce Choules is an invited panel contributor. Eventbrite booking – Weaving Connections webinar – this event is free to attend. Online event is part of the POLLEN20 Political Ecology Network virtual conference, co-hosted by ONCA, Brighton,UK.
Royal Geographical Society, London, UK 06.10.20 | 18:30-19:30 An evening event which combines a short film, a virtual exhibition tour and a Q&A to launch ‘Sense of Here’ created by Harriet and Rob Fraser. This thought-provoking exhibition of photography, poetry and creative mapping is born from slow time outdoors and in-depth enquiries into different elements of landscape, centred in the Lake District National Park. The exhibition encapsulates ‘the feeling and knowing of place’. This online event is a one-off opportunity to meet artists Harriet and Rob Fraser, and join a live Q&A with them. This event is coordinated by artist duo somewhere-nowhere. Online booking – Sense of Place: exhibition virtual launch – this event is free to attend. Online event hosted by Royal Geographical Society, London.
Nau Côclea Walter Benjamin Art Grant 2020 Clara Garí of the Contemporary Art Center Nau Côclea organises again the guided route from Banyuls to Portbou. This route is included in the ‘Walter Benjamin International Colloquium’ organized by the ‘Walter Benjamin Memory and Exile Chair of the University of Girona’, the ‘Democratic Memorial Barcelona’ and the ‘Memorial Museum of The Exile La Jonquera’, Catalonia Spain. This path is walked every year with a different artist making a proposal specifically designed for the occasion in the spirit of Walking Art in all its versions and possibilities. Read more
King’s College, London, UK 12.06.20 | 09:30-17:30 To mark twenty years of GPS in the public realm, participants are invited to join for a one-day symposium to discuss, question and reflect upon how GPS has affected how we see the world. From our situated everyday experiences of navigation and self-tracking, to the wider ways in which the world can be seen from afar by us and digital technologies through trackable objects, practices and mapping interfaces, it is simple enough to propose that GPS has changed our relationship to the world. Artist Layla Curtis is a keynote speaker. Eventbrite booking – 20 years of seeing with GPS – this event is free to attend. Online event hosted by Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London.
Three Colt Gallery, London, UK 05.03.20 – 28.03.20 | opens 04.03.20 18:00-21:00 The artist will be present on Saturday 14th, 21st and 28th March 12:00-15:00 The gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday 09:00-17:00 The exhibition of new paintings are inspired by the wooded landscapes of the Lake District in early spring. The canvases are developed from research undertaken with poet Sarah Corbett for the project ‘Dorothy’s Colour’ (2017). Walking the same paths as documented by Dorothy Wordsworth in her ‘Grasmere Journals’ the project explores ideas around walking women and landscape. Benbow’s recent oil paintings are subtle and precise in their use of colour and composition and play with painting processes to imply natural form. Her work aims to communicate a sense of visual awareness of place with the intention of making room in our view for a little reverie and magic! Read more
Centro de Arte y Naturaleza, Fondación Beulas, Huesca, Spain 24.10.19 – 12.01.20 El tráfico de la Tierra is a collaboration between photographers Xavier Ribas and Ignacio Acosta and art historian Louise Purbrick. This research documents the movement of mineral wealth in Chile and its incorporation into global markets and European landscapes. Read more
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) 06.11.19 – 10.11.19 Artists in the Field. Curated by the Rabbit Island Foundation and Temporal School of Experimental Geography. Artists: Ruben Brulat, Luce Choules, Edwina fitzPatrick, Roseann Hanson, Laura Harrington, Emma Harry, Duy Hoáng, Alexandra Hughes, Alice Pedroletti, Andrew Ranville, Himali Singh Soin, somewhere-nowhere and Rhona Taylor. Event – Explore 2019 Part of the annual programme at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London, UK.
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Kensington, London, UK 10.11.19 | 14:30 Luce Choules presents a live performance lecture ‘The Glacier and the Rock’ using voice and projected imagery. The artist will take the audience on a poetic journey to the high features of Alpine France. Made during a decade-long study in the Haute-Savoie, this mesmerising work explores art and ecology, environmental change and the contemporary wilderness. This work is shown as part of ‘Explore 2019’ organised by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Read more
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) November 2019 Explore is the Society’s annual fieldwork and expedition planning weekend at the Society’s headquarters in London. With over 100 leading field scientists and explorers, make sure to book your place to gain inspiration, advice and contacts for your own field research project or expedition. The emphasis is on small projects with a research component but anyone planning overseas expeditions or fieldwork is welcome – regardless of age or experience. Explore brings together a range of expedition professionals, scientists and travellers, with experience from all over the world, to help you get the most out of your journey. Chaired by artist Andrew Ranville, artists Edwina fitzPatrick, Alice Pedroletti, Feral Practice and somewhere-nowhere are hosting a TSOEG panel discussion on Sunday 10 Nov 2019, 3-4.30pm: Artists in the Field: engaging audiences in art, science, and adventure Event – Explore 2019 Part of the annual programme at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London, UK. This year, Explore is hosting the Artists in the Field exhibition
Arts Catalyst, London, UK 26.09.19 – 14.12.19 | opens 25.09.19 18:30-20:30 Building on ongoing research into extractive activities in Chile and Swedish Sábme, Tales from the Crust presents existing and new work by Chilean artist Ignacio Acosta, comprising documents, films, photographs, maps and objects. Read more
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France 11.09.19 – 12.09.19 Introduction, visual/tactile walks and creative expression (day one) 13:00-19:00 Tactile walk, creative expression and informal performance (day two) 09:00-17:00 Forest Flaneur is a workshop programme exploring the impact of tactile perception on the artist’s process. This workshop is led by Rosalinda Ruiz-Scarfuto. Read more
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France 09.09.19 – 11.09.19 Performing Duration: deep listening (day one) 09:00-17:00 Performing Duration: slow actions (day two) 09:00-17:00 Fieldworkings: weathering writing (day three) 09:00-12:00 Immaterial Fields is a workshop programme exploring gravity, motion and stillness. This workshop is led by Luce Choules. Read more
Oatmeal Creek, USA new residency programme 2019 After his time in San Antonio, Andrew Ranville will be heading 40 miles northwest of Austin to help establish a new residency program. The 250 acres of conserved land where native grasses are being replanted will become fertile ground for writers and poets. He has the honour of consulting on the project to help bring it into being, and will also be the first writer-in-residence. Read more
Hangar, Barcelona, Spain 27.03.19 Itinerant Actions: recording and broadcasting workshop 11:00-13:00 During the workshop, the erosion and disintegration of Earth systems and collapsing structures in the natural and built environment will be discussed. This workshop is led by Luce Choules. Read more Itinerant Actions: data and dialogues symposium 19:00-21:00 The Paratext symposium will be chaired by Lala Thorpe, cultural producer (London, UK). Following presentations by Patricia Dauder, Paula Bruna, David Ortiz Juan and Luce Choules, a round-table discussion will be opened up to examine artistic practice in the landscape, reflecting on the ways artists are redefining the geographic narratives of place, site and encounter through memory, traces and sensory recordings. Responding to ideas of embodied knowledge, ecological economies, roaming landscapes and territory, the discussion will consider the role of fieldwork in contemporary arts practice. Marta Gracia, Head of Research at Hangar, will be an observer for the Paratext symposium, documenting the event through writing. Read more
PLAYhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, USA 23.03.19 – 07.04.19 | opens 23.03.19 12:00-17:00 Instant Vista, is an exhibition of Andrew Ranville‘s Polaroid photographs. The venue has a unique history… and scale. It is a miniature house built specially for the daughter of the former owner of the adjacent mansion. Only two or three visitors can enter the gallery at a time, but the intimate space will showcase a large number of unique Polaroids — each a small window into wide open landscapes documenting explorations throughout the western United States and further afield. Artist talk Thursday, 21.03.19, 12:30-13:30 Andrew Ranville plans to cover a wide variety of topics including the artist’s relationship with/responsibilities in the landscape, interdisciplinary fieldwork, and conservation. Questions and discussion will follow. The event is open to the public. Please feel free to come by and/or invite friends who may be in the area. Venue: Trinity University, Department of Art & Art History, Dicke Art/Smith Music Building, One Trinity Place, San Antonio, TX 78212
Editorial RM – publisher Ignacio Acosta‘s ‘Copper Geographies’ invites the viewer on a journey of copper from raw material through stock market exchange value, smelted commodity, capital wealth and recycled material. From the transformed landscapes of the Atacama Desert through a re-imagined voyage to Wales and the City of London, the project documents spaces of circulation, environmental disruption, protest and trade, and makes visible the return of the copper hidden within technological devices to its geographical origins. It includes six written contributions by curators, historians and poets; Andrés Anwandter, Marta Dahó, Tehmina Goskar, Tony Lopez, Louise Purbrick and Frank Vicencio López. Read more
Fundación Pedro Cano, Blanca, Murcia, Spain 02.02.19 – 17.03.19 ‘Esparto: new ground’. Сurators: Luce Choules and Victória Rabal. Artists: Lorena Álvarez, Pedro Cano, Yamandú Canosa, Luce Choules, Ramon Enrich, Rob and Harriet Fraser, Gonzaga Gómez-Cortázar, Laura Harrington, Sigrid Holmwood, E. Jackson, Anna Macleod, Melissa Marks, Pedro Ortuño, Victória Rabal, Corinne Silva, and Noemí Yepes. Read more
Hangar, Barcelona, Spain 04.02.19 – 02.04.19 Luce Choules has been selected as the ‘Encura 3’ researcher in residence with Hangar Barcelona, Curators Network Spain and ARCO Madrid. She will be making a documentary film work ‘Itinerant Actions’ exploring environmental resistance through a fieldwork programme developed with Hangar, two resident artists, and cultural agents in Barcelona, Murcia and Madrid. In March 2019 as part of the ‘Paratext’ programme at Hangar, she will deliver a symposium highlighting fieldwork in arts practice (TSOEG), and the performance lecture ‘Estudio de Campo’. Hangar is a centre for art research and production, offering support to artists. Hangar’s mission is to support visual artists and creators during different phases of their art production processes as well as to contribute to the best development of their projects. In doing so, Hangar provides equipment, facilities, production assistance and a suitable context for experimentation and free knowledge transfer. The centre offers an array of services and a framework that allows for the research and development of art productions in their entirety, or partially. Hangar follows …
Rabbit Island, USA applications close 15.02.19 [11:59pm EST] We are excited to announce our call for applications for the Rabbit Island Residency program and a new residency specifically for a choreographer and composer, created in collaboration with the Rozsa Center for Performing Arts. Approximately three to four supported residencies are awarded per summer period (mid-June until late-September). Accommodation is provided. Selected applicants will receive an unrestricted honorarium which they may use to facilitate research, cover travel expenses, materials, and more. Read more
Edgework – online shop Miranda Whall’s book provides a document of the interdisciplinary Crossed Paths project and was published to coincide with Whall’s solo exhibition at Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, UK. It includes an introductory text by Simon Whitehead, photographs by Hannah Mann, Rhys Thwaites-Jones and Miranda Whall, poems by Zoe Skoulding, text by Phil Smith, map drawings by Miranda Whall, plant drawings by the Whall family and plant information by Mariecia Fraser. Read more
Thoresby College, Queen Street, King’s Lynn, UK 30.11.18 | 3.30-4.15pm (‘Theories of the Earth’ study day event runs 10.30am-4.30pm) Luce Choules presents a live performance lecture ‘The Glacier and the Rock’ using spoken word, projected imagery and literary readings. The artist will take the audience on a poetic journey to the high features of Alpine France. Made during a decade-long study in the Haute-Savoie, this mesmerising work explores art and ecology, environmental change and the contemporary wilderness. This work is shown as part of the ‘Theories of the Earth’ study day organised by Groundwork Gallery to explore the interactions between history, science and artistic practice. “What are theories of the earth? What do all the terms mean? Is theory useful? What is relationship between theory and practice? A number of experts involved in disciplines relevant to Theories of the Earth – art, science and environment – will talk to us about theory and how it relates to practice.” Presenters include: Bergit Arends, Wayne Binitie, Flora Bowden, Luce Choules, Tim Holt-Wilson, and Professor Colin Waters. Read …
Fineshade Wood, UK (postcode NN17 3BB) 15.09.18 – 15.12.18 The exhibition ‘The Archive of the Trees’, by artist Edwina fitzPatrick, in the newly refurbished Arches space at Fineshade Wood features two-sided vertical prints, which reveal both the bark and the insides of the cored trees. Read more
Saffron Screen Community Cinema, Saffron Walden, UK 09.09.18 | 5-6.30pm Luce Choules presents a live performance event ‘The Lake and the Island’ using spoken word, projected imagery and literary readings. The artist will take the audience on a poetic journey to a remote island in Lake Superior USA. Read more Rabbit Island Foundation – website The content for this performance lecture was developed during a month-long supported solo residency on Rabbit Island USA in 2016. It was originally delivered during the opening week of the Rabbit Island Residents 2016 exhibition at the DeVos Art Museum, Michigan USA, in 2017.
Fineshade Wood, UK 10.07.18 | 7-8.30pm As part of her art project ‘the archive of the trees’ situated in Fineshade Wood, Edwina will be speaking about our perceptions about the weather and climate change with Asher Minns, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Read more The Forest is the Museum – Fermynwoods This is the first of four Arts Council England funded The Forest is the Museum art projects in Fineshade Wood. Commissioned by Fermynwoods Contemporary Art working with the Central England Forest District. The event is free, but you need to book.
Museu Molí Paperer de Capellades, Barcelona, Spain 17.06.18 – 09.09.18 ‘Esparto: new ground’. Сurators: Luce Choules and Victória Rabal. Artists: Lorena Álvarez, Pedro Cano, Yamandú Canosa, Luce Choules, Ramon Enrich, Rob and Harriet Fraser, Gonzaga Gómez-Cortázar, Laura Harrington, Sigrid Holmwood, E. Jackson, Anna Macleod, Melissa Marks, Pedro Ortuño, Corinne Silva, and Noemí Yepes. Read more
Coalhouse Fort, Tilbury, Essex, UK 28.04.18 | 11:00-16:00 Nine artists, including several who are connected to or work in the locality, working across photography, sculpture, installation, film and sound, will show works which relate to the theme of defence, including the site itself or in response to the fort’s rich archive of objects, documents and photographs, housed in Thurrock Museum, Grays. Read more Exhibiting artists: Tom Brannigan, Victoria Coster, Felicity Hammond, Laurynas Karmalavicius, Corinne Silva, Dafna Talmor, Alastair Thain, Michael Whelan and Samuel Zealey. Gemma Padley, NEW:DEFENCE curator, explains: “The exhibition explores the parallel between the shifting nature of the fort (opening itself up to new possibilities), and what it means to be an artist – to let one’s guard down to make meaningful work.” Read more Following on from the Heritage Lottery Fund supported exhibition, there will be a summer of artist residencies, talks and educational workshops taking place at Coalhouse Fort supported by Arts Council England.
Baltic 39 April 2018 Assembly, is a performative symposium and live event. The project privileges practice and co-actions with material to counteract the tendency of theorists to evolve critical discourse away from the affective qualities of materials. With cross-disciplinary contributions coming from a cultural geographer, art historian, curator, dancer, musicians and fine artists, the hope is to open a space for critical reflection on the material encounter of the photographic object in the wider social and cultural sensorium. Artist Alexandra Hughes is organising both events for the project ‘Assembly’. Contributors include: Ben Anderson, Dawn Bothwell, Luce Choules, Fiona Crisp, Material Chorus (Ditte Goard), Carol Mavor, Tim Rubidge and James Watts For the symposium, artist Luce Choules is presenting the performance lecture: A Journey Through Fieldwork Live Event 26.04.18 and Symposium 27.04.18 – Baltic 39 This project has been funded by Cohort Development Fund from Northumbria-Sunderland AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Art and Design. Spaces are limited.
Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK 05.04.18 – 21.04.18 ‘Liquid Land’. Co-curated by Rosanna Greaves and Harriet Loffler. Artists: Cornford & Cross, Georgie Grace, Rosanna Greaves, Alexandra Hughes, Reece Jones, Lotte Scott, Wilf Speller and Sally Stenton. Read more
BSAD, Bath Spa University, UK 20.04.18 – 11.05.18 ‘Documents, Alternatives 3’. Сurator: Angela Bartram. Artists: Angela Bartram, Andrew Bracey, Brazier + Free, Luce Choules, Emma Cocker & Clare Thornton, Kate Corder, Steve Dutton, Tim Etchells, Rochelle Haley, Morrad + McArthur, Andy Pepper, and Louise K. Wilson. Read more
MACBA | Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona February 2018 Mutating Ecologies in Contemporary Art: Matter, Ethics and Subjectivity seeks to deepen on the value and the effectiveness of the philosophical tradition of vital materialism as a non-dualist model of political ecology that enables ways to imagine alternative forms of relation and political action. We will work departing from the elements that define its ethical-political project: the situated knowledge, the historicity of the body, and the question of the affects. Artist Ignacio Acosta is presenting: Drones and Drums. Resistance, the final frontier Symposium 21.02.18 – AGI in partnership with MACBA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Meier Auditorium, Plaça Joan Coromines, 08001 Barcelona.
V&A, London, UK show runs until 22.04.18 Trees have long been a source of inspiration for artists. They can evoke a primal sense of wonder and the strong patterns of their branches, bark and leaves consistently offer visually arresting subjects. This display explores the diverse representation of trees in photography, with works by 40 photographers, including Paul Strand, Robert Adams and Henri Cartier-Bresson. In 2017, the V&A acquired new work from Veronique Rolland to be part of this exhibition. Read more
Oriel Davies, Newtown, Wales 21.04.18 – 13.06.18 Crossed Paths comprises three projects by Aberystwyth-based artist Miranda Whall, occurring between 2017 and 2021 in Wales, Scotland and France. These bring together film, performance and the body in motion, mountain and upland ecology: each project telling a story of a mountain from a different perspective. Oriel Davies presents the Welsh component in an immersive multi-media installation and contextual exhibition that offers a non-representational and ecological response to an area within the Cambrian Mountains, West Wales. Read more
Verge Gallery, University of Sydney, Australia 18.01.18 – 24.02.18 ‘Documents, Alternatives 2’. Сurator: Angela Bartram. Artists: Angela Bartram, Andrew Bracey, Brazier + Free, Luce Choules, Emma Cocker & Clare Thornton, Kate Corder, Steve Dutton, Tim Etchells, Rochelle Haley, Morrad + McArthur, Andy Pepper, and Louise K. Wilson. Read more
Rabbit Island, USA applications close 28.01.18 Each year our residents receive funding to live and work on Rabbit Island amongst the forest, rocks, and wildlife; and the vast waters of Lake Superior that surround it. In addition to a generous honoraria, artists may be invited to participate in our annual exhibition, event series, and publication, presented in partnership with the DeVos Art Museum in Marquette, Michigan. Read more
Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London 07.09.17 – 11.10.17 ‘Metageography. Space – Image – Action’. Сurators: Nikolay Smirnov, Kirill Svetlyakov. Co-curator in London: Olga Jürgenson. Scientific Consultant: Dmitry Zamyatin. Artists: Nadezhda Anfalova, Egor Astapchenko, Elena Berg, Irina Filatova, Dima Filippov, Lucy Harris, Valery Klamm, Kollectivnye Deystviya (Collective Actions), Ikuru Kuvadzhima, Ekaterina Lazareva, Mikhail Maksimov, Idit Elia Nathan, Egor Plotnikov, Boris Rodoman, Kirill Savchenkov, Max Sher, Corinne Silva, Evgeny Strelkov, Up! Community, Dmitry Venkov, Dmitry Zamyatin. Read more
Import Projects, Berlin 12.04.17 | 8pm During the evening Andrew will present his projects and research concerning the artist’s role in our new ecological reality, the mutability of geopolitical borders, global community and individual sovereignty amidst the rise of populist thought, and how to drink water from the bottom of a lake without drowning. Read more
Mizoomi Gallery, London, UK Preview evening: Thursday 02.03.17, 18:30-21:30 Multi-disciplinary artist, lecturer and course leader in Creative Arts Miranda Whall will present the series of three ‘Untitled, Birds on my head’ and one of a series of ‘Lace Drawings’ in the group show Deixis (Part 1) at Mizoomi Gallery. Whall’s drawings present fantasy scenarios where the artist attempts to equally co-exist with objects, architecture, materials, living creatures etc to make humorous, unlikely and uncanny scenarios. Whall’s fictions play out extremely personal, exhibitionist and explicit representations of herself in order to explore the (in)appropriateness and (mis)placed multiple and simultaneous dimensions of being a contemporary human being. The Mizoomi gallery, with a focus on encouraging the exposure of international contemporary artists, presents Deixis (part 1). In linguistics deixis refers to words or phrases that cannot be fully understood without additional contextual information. The exhibition includes a representation of five internationally exhibited and published artists. MIZOOMI GALLERY, 168 FULHAM ROAD, LONDON SW10 9PR.
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) November 2016 Explore is the Society’s annual fieldwork and expedition planning weekend at the Society’s headquarters in London. With over 90 leading field scientists and explorers, make sure to book your place to gain inspiration, advice and contacts for your own field research project or expedition. The emphasis is on small projects with a research component but anyone planning overseas expeditions or fieldwork is welcome – regardless of age or experience. Explore brings together a range of expedition professionals, scientists and travellers, with experience from all over the world, to help you get the most out of your journey. Artists Luce Choules, Andrew Ranville, Corinne Silva, Anna Macleod and Miranda Whall, are hosting a TSOEG panel discussion on Sunday 20 Nov 2016, 3-4.30pm: Artists in the Field: engaging audiences in art, science, and adventure! Event – Explore 2016 Part of the annual programme at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London, UK. This year, Explore is celebrating its 40th anniversary!
Rabbit Island, USA applications close 14.10.16 Become part of the story that resonates far beyond the shores of one small island. We are looking for artists from all disciplines to immerse themselves in this unique, remote wilderness located in Lake Superior. Awarded residents receive a generous honoraria to cover travel, materials, and other expenses, as well as a catalogue publication and exhibition at the DeVos Art Museum in Marquette, Michigan. Read more
Stavali, Hardangervidda Nationalpark, Norway July and August 2016 ‘Absens’ is a new body of work combining sound and installation at the former outfarm Stavali, Hardangervidda Nationalpark by Frauke Materlik (artist and landscape architect) and Stephen Crowe (composer). ‘Absens’ highlights the changes in nature, landscape and their resultant impact on society. Read more
The Mosaic Rooms, London 18.06.16 | 2pm Join artist Corinne Silva in conversation with Middle Eastern plant expert Sabina Knees for the launch of Silva’s new book Garden State. Silva’s exhibition of the same title showed at The Mosaic Rooms last year, in Garden State she considers how gardening, like mapping, is a way of allocating territory. Read more
London Art Fair – project space January 2016 London Art Fair is the UK’s premier Modern British and contemporary art Fair. The 28th edition of the Fair takes place at the Business Design Centre in Islington. A field mapping workshop led by artist Luce Choules, geologist Sophy Crosby (GeoFun UK) and artist educator Lala Thorpe, hosted in partnership with London Art Fair and Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Event – London Art Fair Part of the LAF talks and events programme, and in response to the exhibition by artist Julian Charrière at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London, UK.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre January 2016 A day of talks, films and discussions by academics and practitioners on the theme of art-science collaborations in the Anthropocene, a proposed new geological time interval that suggests that humans are now the dominant influence shaping the Earth system. Are human activities such as agriculture, mining and urbanisation leaving distinctive ‘footprints’ in the Earth’s strata that will endure into the future and so enter the long-term geological record? What are the creative responses to such propositions? Artist Luce Choules is presenting a research poster: Guide74: a mountain recording activity Artist Laura Harrington is showing the film: Liveliest of Elements Artist Miranda Whall is attending this symposium. Symposium – Aberystwyth Arts Centre The event is a collaboration between Aberystwyth University School of Art and the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, and supported by the British Society for Geomorphology. Also includes a symposium publication.
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art January 2016 Founded in December 2004 by art historian and curator Dr. Ziba Ardalan, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is a not-for-profit art institution that operates purely for the public benefit. Artists Ignacio Acosta, Luce Choules, Andrew Ranville, Corinne Silva, Emma Smith, and keynote speaker Dr. Harriet Hawkins, Reader in Geography, Royal Holloway University of London, are hosting a TSOEG symposium with panel discussion on Saturday 16 Jan 2016, 2-5pm: Artists in the Field: ephemeral landscapes and experimental geographies Event – Parasol unit Part of the talks and events programme, and in response to the exhibition by artist Julian Charrière, at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London, UK.
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) November 2015 Explore is the Society’s annual fieldwork and expedition planning weekend at the Society’s headquarters in London. With over 90 leading field scientists and explorers, make sure to book your place to gain inspiration, advice and contacts for your own field research project or expedition. The emphasis is on small projects with a research component but anyone planning overseas expeditions or fieldwork is welcome – regardless of age or experience. Explore brings together a range of expedition professionals, scientists and travellers, with experience from all over the world, to help you get the most out of your journey. Artists Luce Choules, Andrew Ranville, Corinne Silva, Ignacio Acosta with Jakub Bojczuk, and TSOEG guest artist Tuur Van Balen, are hosting a TSOEG panel discussion on Sunday 15 Nov 2015, 3-4.30pm: Artists in the Field: engaging audiences in art, science, and adventure! Event – Explore 2015 Part of the annual programme at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London, UK.
University of the Highlands and Islands Perth College October 2015 The Centre for Mountain Studies together with the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) and the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA), all members of the Mountain Partnership, are organising a third conference – Perth III – on ‘Mountains of Our Future Earth’. This is a contribution to the global Future Earth programme, a 10-year international research initiative that will develop the knowledge for responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and supporting transformation towards global sustainability in the coming decades. Artist Miranda Whall is attending the International conference: Perth 3: Mountains of our Future Earth Conference – Mountains of our Future Earth Hosted by University of the Highlands and Islands Perth College, Scotland.
Water Conversations. A survey of works 2007-2015 Sept 2015 Review of Anna Macleod’s exhibition at The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon by Joanne Laws, arts writer based in the west of Ireland. Features in Art Monthly, edition 389: September 2015, page 22. Read more
Rabbit Island, USA applications close 28.08.15 | 23:59 ET We are looking for several artists, writers, poets, architects, designers, composers, filmmakers, musicians, curators, or choreographers to join us next summer. Would you like to live and work on this remote wilderness, pushing your practice and contributing to new understandings of culture and environmental responsibility? If so, we would love to have you on the island. Read more
Passage – publication 2015 My presence was always temporary, in passing. Each time I arrived in a place I began a new story; a quest in search of something elusive, transient or difficult to define, a ‘thing’ both common and rare. My travellers’ observations were inevitably predictable at first but my stories unfolded, twisted and turned leading me to unexpected conversations, coincidences and collaborations. I was a passenger carried along simply by the pleasure of not knowing, the pleasure of not being at home; free to wander and wonder, to surrender to time and warm winds and to fall in love with songs, voices, words, faces, dances and places… now this collection of distilled and fragmented images and sounds reveal and conceal my ‘passage’. Published by Foldedsheet, ISBN 978-0-9568607-5-0. Read more
The Dock, Leitrim, Ireland 03.07.15 – 12.09.15 ‘Water Conversations’ has been structured as a mobile project that initiates local discussions, interviews, and exchanges on the politics, traditions and practices surrounding water use in a variety of global regions. To date projects have been realized in Ghana, West Africa: a variety of locations through Northern India, Colorado, USA, Ireland and Gobi Desert, Mongolia, with research projects continuing in Spain, Australia and Ireland. Read more
The Mosaic Rooms, London 17.06.15 | 7pm Join artist Corinne Silva to discover the inspiration behind the works in her Mosaic Rooms solo exhibition Garden State. Silva will be in conversation with photographer, curator and lecturer Julian Stallabrass. Read more
The Mosaic Rooms, London 14.05.15 – 20.06.15 Coinciding with this year’s Chelsea Flower Show and London Festival of Architecture, we are pleased to present a free photography exhibition Garden State by Corinne Silva. Offering an unexpected view on gardening, the show comprises photographic and sound installations exploring Israel’s suburban gardens, parks and public places. Silva encourages visitors to view gardening not simply as the act of nurturing a plot of land, but as something potentially far more sinister: a tool used in aggressive state expansion, territory marking and occupation. Read more
University of Lincoln February 2016 This symposium explores the relationship between event and documentation as a provocation between the text /visual record and ephemeral art practices as a negotiation between sites that are often represented as polar opposites. These sites could be imagined as a territory where the distinction between land and sea is blurred, for example in alluvial plains, where the interplay between its different stages replenishes and revives each state. Rather than prioritizing one form over another, each manifestation generates potential for further responses, creating an ongoing work. Artist Luce Choules is presenting the paper: Fieldwork In Practice: performance, survey, document Symposium – The Alternative Document Hosted by the College of Arts, University of Lincoln, UK. Also includes an exhibition and publication.
The Burton Art Gallery, Devon 03.10.15 – 13.11.15 Eight contemporary artists are exploring a scarce local pigment, Bideford Black, to create new artworks examining science, industry and society. Selected by open call last autumn, the artists’ work will feature in a special exhibition at the Burton in October 2015 and become part of the gallery’s permanent collection. More info Exhibiting artists Tabatha Andrews / ATOI / Luce Choules / Corinne Felgate / Neville & Joan Gabie / Littlewhitehead / Lizzie Ridout / Sam Treadaway / with film-maker Liberty Smith Project managed by Flow Contemporary Arts in collaboration with Claire Gulliver